Hello, partners. I would like to start by thanking every Sheriff’s Security Assistant and Sheriff’s Security Officer in our Department, not only for their support during the recent PPOA Board election, but also for the hard work they put in every day to keep our communities safe.
During my time in the Department, I have witnessed my partners perform incredible achievements — acts of courage like Parks Bureau SSO Fonth and his actions responding to a deadly school shooting, Court Services SSO Fabian’s heroic intervention to save a woman’s life from a violent attack, and College Bureau SSOs Lewis-Williams and Lopez’s unwavering efforts to provide lifesaving aid to a man experiencing a heart attack.
These are just a few examples of when our partners have faced challenging tasks and responded selflessly and without hesitation. I can personally attest to the pride and devotion my partners have every time they go 10-8. Now, it is time for the County and the Department to recognize us also.
During my campaign, I visited several assignments and heard about the issues impacting personnel at each of them. Some of the matters brought up were inadequate salary for our classifications, lack of Labor Code 4850 coverage and denial of potentially lifesaving duty equipment. Know that I will fight to ensure equal recognition and ensure that the County, the Department and PPOA uniquely value our contributions.
As one of the newest Board members, I will make it my mission to ensure that our concerns are heard. To my fellow Board members, it is up to us to prove that PPOA does care and we will work hard to address issues and help mend the relationship between all groups.
These will not be easy tasks, but it is our responsibility to address the problems and accomplish goals that will benefit all PPOA members. I promise to work for our classifications with the interests of our members in mind and will drive for us to have a living wage, adequate injury protection and equipment to perform our duties.
Upcoming Changes to Your Health Care Costs
Starting in January, you might notice a decrease in your paycheck; this is because health care premium rates are projected to increase, thus lowering the take-home amount you are used to seeing. Unfortunately, this is statewide and out of our control, so prepare for this change.
These next few months will be critical in building our case for better salary, coverage, equipment and recognition. With contract negotiations quickly approaching, I would like members to please send in stories on the positive impacts SSAs and SSOs have had. We all know the great work we do every day, and now we need to present it and become undeniable to those who have devalued us for so long.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office: (323) 261-3010
- Mobile: (323) 400-9590
Please text me your name and UOA to save your contact info.
On that subject, I should remind everyone in the event that you need to report an incident or file a grievance, please follow PPOA protocol and contact the office directly at (323) 261-3010. This will help preserve the integrity of the investigation and give you the best results.
Lastly, we have begun the first steps for an employee survey for SSOs and SSAs. It will take some time to complete, but once it’s ready I will inform everyone. Please fill it out when you receive it. The more responses we have, the more it will show the importance of our concerns and demonstrate our united strength.
Thank you all again for your trust, and I hope to hear from members soon.